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Quick Smoke: Cain Habano 550

20 Apr 2013

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”


There was a time not long ago when this was one of the hottest cigars around. Now I don’t hear much about it. Still, it’s a well-made cigar by Oliva, even if Sam Leccia, formerly the face of Cain (and Nub), is about to launch his own independent company. While not as full-bodied as I remember (perhaps due to the two plus years in my humidor) it’s still a medium- to full-bodied stick with lots of spicy wood and pepper. For a cigar with so much ligero (82%, Leccia told us back in 2009) it demonstrates excellent combustion.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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One Response to “Quick Smoke: Cain Habano 550”

  1. Mike Monday, April 22, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    The regular Cains are OK, but I love the Cain F line. For the money, I don't think there is a better value out there right now. I pay only about $8 for the generous robusto size at a cigar bar and about half that online.